Below is a list of helpful resources and some of my favourite providers of hosting, domain names, photos, and everything you need to build your blog. Some of these links are affiliate links in which this site earns a small commission at no cost to you, but none are services that I haven’t personally used and loved. If you do happen to sign up for services through these links you’ll also be helping this site out a little in return.
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Website, Marketing and Design
GoDaddy – This is where I register all of my domain names. If you need a domain name, they make it super easy to obtain one. They also offer hosting and other features, however I personally prefer to register with GoDaddy and host with elsewhere. Get your domain name for just $1.99 through this link and with code CJCRMN199.
MadMimi – I use MadMimi for my mailing lists as their service is top notch and their prices beat everyone else’s. Customer support is so quick and friendly.
Envye – My design shop! Full of graphics and premade templates for your Blogger blog.
Adobe Creative Cloud – Adobe now offers an easy and affordable way to get programs like Photoshop and Lightroom on a subscription basis for as low as $9.99 per month. This is highly worth it, and I recommend just getting Photoshop instead of using Elements or something similar. If you’re going to get into photo editing, might as well do it right the first time!
WordPress.org – Where you need to go to get a self-hosted WordPress site. You’ll need web hosting and a domain name and some experience with website developing.
DaFont – A huge repository of downloadable free fonts. Be sure to check the license terms before use.
Crestock – Probably one of the cheapest paid photo sites with the most flexible terms. You don’t need to buy “credits” like you do with iStock either, you can pay directly from Paypal per image. As low as $1 for a single image.
Flickr Creative Commons – Here is where you can get free photos for your website. Be sure to play by the rules, however. There are different types of licenses that allow you to do different things with the photos. These are outlined in the sidebar of the page linked. Read the Creative Commons website for more info.
Dreamstime – They offer a “free images” section for royalty free photo downloads. Be sure to read the license information before using the images on your website or print material.
Stock.xchng – Another leading free stock photo website from the makers of iStockPhoto.
iStockPhoto – You have to purchase the rights to use any photo on this website, however they are much better quality and there is a much larger selection.